The next iPhone will land in the third quarter, supply-chain evidence suggests, as Apple bids to put its recent stock-market wobbles behind it.
According to unnamed sources cited by DigiTimes, parts suppliers are set to start shipping their wares from May.
That production schedule suggests that the phone will hit shop shelves in the relatively fallow third quarter, allowing the handset to monopolise column inches before the new tablet deluge that now characterises the pre-Christmas period.
The site’s insider also corroborates existing rumours that the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 will differ little from the current-gen model in the design-stakes.
However, underneath the hood it’s set to be a different story, with a higher-spec processor and a much improved camera both mooted to be on board.
Earlier this week, analysts predicted that Apple’s next challenger will also introduce a much-needed ‘killer’ software feature after the testy reception that greeted the disappointing Apple Maps mapping solution and little-used Siri voice commands app.
The report came amid some stinging criticism of iOS from BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, as well as a uSwitch Tech survey in which three quarters of those polled claimed iOS now feels ‘tired’ next to some of its rivals.